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Application Requirements

Candidates for the M.P.A. program should:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide a statement of purpose explaining why they have chosen to pursue graduate education in public administration and a career in public service

Program Requirements

The program requires 39 credit hours overall, including:

  • 27 hours of M.P.A. core coursework
    • Including a three-hour internship
  • 12 hours of electives

For law students enrolled in the joint J.D./M.P.A. program, the nine hours of elective coursework is fulfilled through approved law courses. Additionally, nine hours of political science courses are counted toward the J.D.

For more information, contact polsci@usd.edu or gradadmissions@usd.edu